Campaign flyer from Joe’s first Chapel Hill Town Council race, 1979

About Joe

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Chapel Hill, N.C., United States
Joe Herzenberg was born June 25, 1941, to Morris & Marjorie Herzenberg. His father owned the town pharmacy in Franklin, N.J., where Joe grew up. After he graduated from Yale University in 1964, Joe went to Mississippi to register voters for Freedom Summer. He joined the faculty of historically black Tougaloo College, where he was appointed chair of the history department. Joe arrived in Chapel Hill in 1969 to enroll as a graduate student in history at the University of North Carolina, and, along with his partner Lightning Brown, soon immersed himself in local, state, and national politics. Although Joe’s first campaign for the Chapel Hill Town Council in 1979 was unsuccessful, he was appointed to the Council to fill a vacant seat and served until 1981. In 1987, he was elected to the Council, becoming the former Confederacy's first openly gay elected official. Joe died surrounded by friends on October 28, 2007. He was 66 years old.

Friday, September 11, 1970

Freshmen current events quiz from Tougaloo College, 1968

These are the results of a freshmen current events quiz Joe gave to his students on Sept. 11, 1968, during his last year as chair of the history department at Tougaloo College in Mississippi. Interviewed by Joseph Mosnier in 1995, Joe called his time teaching at Tougaloo "in many ways the most interesting years of my life."

(Editor's note: This quiz dates from 1968, but Blogger only allows posts to be categorized as far back as 1970.)